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About GATE

GATE final publication 2012
Results from the GATE research project
a 75 page overview (pfd 4.7 Mb)

GATE Magazine 2010
a 36-page overview of the GATE project (pdf 5.3 Mb

Research themes:
Theme 1: Modeling the virtual World
Theme 2: Virtual characters
Theme 3: Interacting with the world
Theme 4: Learning with simulated worlds

Pilot Education Story Box
Pilot Education Carkit
Pilot Safety Crisis management
Pilot Healthcare Scottie
Pilot Healthcare Wiihabilitainment

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Sound Design 
Motion Controller
Mobile Learning
Glengarry Glen Ross
Enriching Geo-Specific Terrain
Pedestrian and Vehicle Traffic Interactions
Semantic Building Blocks for Declarative Virtual World Creation 
Computer Animation for Social Signals and Interactive Behaviors


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 ICTRegie is a compact, independent organisation consisting of a Supervisory Board, an Advisory Council, a director and a bureau. The Minister of Economic Affairs, and the Minister of Education, Culture and Science bear the political responsibility for ICTRegie. The organisation is supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and SenterNovem.


Thales Nederland Land & Joint Systems is the leading defense communications company in The Netherlands. The company supplies both armed forces as commercial organizations with requirements for high technology multimedia networks, with high quality integrated communications systems. It facilitates a Battlespace Transformation Centre (BTC) that is used to assess new capabilities and to conduct a Concept, Development and Experimentation (CD&E).

Concept, Development and Experimentation (CD&E)
CD&E is a process where experts of different kinds of areas combine their effort to develop new (fielded) capabilities. It is an iterative process and each iteration (or small step) requires feedback from the customer as input for making small adjustments on the requirements. Not only technology is addressed, but also training aspects, adjustments to the doctrine, equipment requirements/changes, organization changes and many more, that is impacted by the capability. Simulation plays an important role in visualizing new concepts, demonstrating them to the customer and performing experiments.

Concept-Development and Experimentation Process

(source: “Information Age Transformation”, Alberts D.S)

Thales has already experience in conducting CD&E. For instance, a successful assessment was made for the Dutch army to optimize the intelligence process of their Intelligence Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) module. For this, Thales was awarded the prestigious Runner-up Award in the category "Outstanding Achievement of a Defense Industry Partner" during Network Centric Warfare 2008 Conference in Washington DC.